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As part of the Organic Agriculture Workshop Project, the communities of Tehuiste held the second workshop where they prepared the land designated to plant the organic garden.
Women and men worked together to clean and divide the garden with chicken wire to protect it from animals. The community continues to work together to ensure the best results from this experience.
During the month of May, the organic agriculture project in Los Tehuistes has begun with a very enthusiastic group of attendees from the community. In the first session on May 5th, Kriscia D. Garcia Martínez, a recently graduated agricultural engineer in charge of teaching the workshops, exposed the multiply benefits of organic agriculture.
CdA Scholarship Program students organized their teachers and fellow classmates to participate in an Awareness Parade to motivate their community members to take the necessary measures to rid Los Tehuistes of dengue, chikungunya, and zika, all mosquito-borne diseases.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, "[m]osquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year." Los Tehuistes' scholarship students have led projects in their community to distribute "abate," a funny smelling powder that comes in small bags, which you poke holes in with a pen or small sharp object, and stick in the pila (washing basin) to keep the mosquito larvae from growing. This is one measure they hope their community members will continue to take to fight the mosquito-borne diseases that greatly affect the people of Los Tehuistes'.
At the parade, students were honored by the participation of the regional military band and the presence of Arturo Cevero, the Scholarship Program Coordinator from CdA's sister organization, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), as well as a good turn-out from their community members.
Click on the photo below to view a slideshow of the parade.
As part of Caminos de Acción’s (CdA) and el Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad’s (CIS) scholarship program, scholarship recipients from Tehuiste Arriba and Tehuiste Abajo worked to create a risk map for the community in the month of July.
The goal of the creation of this risk map was to address issues or situations of risk that could greatly impact the community and develop a plan of action to prevent harm or damages.
On May 24th, over 40 families in the communities of Tehuiste Arriba and Tehuiste Abajo were happy to receive a new “pila” at their front doors. The pilas, made of cement, are used for storing water, washing clothes, and various additional proposes around the house. They will provide a vital resource to community residents.